It has been reported that one man from Southern California has recently received a conviction in regards to charges of the trafficking over a million ecstasy pills. The 30-year-old defendant, initials J.L., was from Monterey Park and after being criminally charged a year ago enter in a plea of guilty. He was criminally charged with the conspiracy to distribute, as well as the conspiracy to manufacture in the City of Industry. On Monday in February 2012, a federal judge in Los Angeles, CA found him guilty and sentenced him to 22 years in federal prison. He has since been found to be a leader in a massive organization throughout the state.
The state of California and the federal government takes criminal charges of trafficking extremely seriously. Commonly, this is an offense that is considered to be a federal crime as it often crosses state borders. Most often, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) becomes involved in cases of this nature – meaning that the claim can be extremely difficult for the defendant to protect themselves against. According to the DEA, the trafficking of ecstasy (Schedule I drug) is considered to be an offense that is punishable with two decades of incarceration, as well as a one million dollar fine. Should it be a second offense, it can be punishable by three decades of imprisonment, as well as a two million dollar fine for an individual – up to ten million dollars in fines if more than one person is criminally convicted.
For this reason, those who have been criminally charged with a drug crime of this nature should not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced Los Angeles criminal lawyer that they can trust. These are serious crimes and if you do not have a serious defense, they can result in life-altering penalties. When your future is on the line, you need to be confident that you are doing everything possible to protect against a conviction and to proactively seek a positive outcome.
If you have been arrested in Los Angeles, it is recommended that you turn to the legal team at Martinian & Associates Inc. as soon as possible. They have proven their mettle in complex cases and have shown that they can be trusted even when the cases are difficult. By contacting a Los Angeles drug trafficking attorney from their firm, you will be able to trust knowing that you have a heavyweight in your corner that will go above and beyond in their efforts to helping you fight for the best outcome possible. To learn more about how the firm can step forward to protect your rights, give them a call today.